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A highly instructive Transat Jacques Vabre – Marc Guillemot,IMOCA World Champ ’09

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This Transat Jacques Vabre, which culminated in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, with the arrival of Sam Davies and Sydney Gavignet aboard Artemis II, saw victory go to the duo Mar c Guillemot – Charles Caudrelier (Safran), thus enabling Marc Guillemot to pocket the IMOCA World Champion 2009 title.
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Inspired by Competition – Enhanced with Compassion

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Regatta season in the northeastern Caribbean is coming soon. The St. Croix Yacht Club Hospice Regatta starts things off on February 19th, with an Opti Clinic for the youngsters and a fabulous rum party for the adults, followed by lots of great racing, February 20-21, 2010. “Inspired by Competition ~ Enhanced with Compassion is the regatta’s mission statement,” says Julie San Martin, regatta director. “In addition to being a great warm-up for boats and their crews (Competition), we are sailing for a worthwhile cause, supporting hospice services for all who need it on St. Croix (Compassion).”
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Ericsson 4 Watch Captains Honored

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Brad Jackson and Stu Bannatyne, watch captains on Ericsson 4, the winner of the 2008-09 race, have been jointly named Sailor of the Year at the 2009 Yachting New Zealand Excellence Awards.

Jackson and Bannatyne, two of the world’s most successful ocean racers, join an elite group of three, joining another New Zealander Mark Christensen as the only sailors to have won the Whitbread/Volvo three times.
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Going To Strictly Sail Chicago?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Torresen Marine, Muskegon, Michigan’s Hunter Dealer would like to invite all Hunter Owners in Western Michigan and Indiana to travel with us by charter bus to the Strictly Sail Chicago boat show.We a currently in the planning phase and would like your feedback.We plan to depart on Saturday, January 30, 2010. The trip will originate somewhere near Traverse City, MI and travel south making pick ups in places such as Ludington, Pentwater, Whitehall, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland,
Saugatuck, South Haven, Benton Harbor, Michigan City Indiana, then on to Chicago. Refreshments and show tickets would also be included in this package.
Please take the time to ponder the following questions and email me with your thoughts or suggestions. brock@torresen.com If you cannot attend, your posted ideas would also be of great help. And, it would be a great chance to meet other Hunter Owners in Western Michigan and Indiana! QUESTION #1: Should this be a day visit or an overnight event? Many people have expressed interest in staying over and enjoying a little more time than a day trip would allow. QUESTION #2: Are there any interested Hunter owners that would help coordinate this event? We would love to hear from you.TIME IS GETTING SHORT. PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY:
brock@torresen.com If you can not attend, your posted ideas would also be of great help. And, it would be a great chance to meet other Hunter Owners in Western Michigan and Indiana!
Fair Winds.

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Tricky Salvage Operation Underway for the BT Yacht

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Having left Horta (Azores) yesterday mid-afternoon, the “Ilha de Sao Luis” tugboat chartered to try and salvage the BT yacht is currently attempting to tow the stricken monohull back to the Azores… but difficult weather conditions and the sheer weight of the IMOCA 60′ full of water make for a very tricky operation.
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American Sailors Big Screen Event – For Benefit of Junior Sailing

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Theater Presentation for the Benefit of the Muskegon Yacht Club Juniors

Experience the sights and sounds of the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race on the big screen of the Cinema Carousel Theater, 4289 Old Grand Haven Road, Muskegon, Michigan 49441.

December 4, 2009 – 7:30 p.m.

This event is to benefit the Muskegon Juniors Sailing Program (a charitable 501(c)3).

American Sailors takes you on board and behind the scenes as four great skippers prepare and race their boats in the longest and oldest freshwater race in the world. In 2008 the Chicago Yacht Club expanded the field to more than 400 boats for the historic 100th running of the magnificent race from Navy Pier in Chicago to beautiful Mackinac Island. See and experience the race as never before aboard:

* Peerless – with first time skipper Brian Torresen
* Souvenir – skippered by school teacher Steve Schiller
* Windquest – the previous year’s overall winner
* Windancer – with John Nedeau Racing in his record 61st MAC

There’s no better seat in the house to see yacht racing for what it really is – a test of skill, teamwork, and technology all at the mercy of the unpredictable breeze.

Buy your tickets online now shop.torresen.com/

Follow the event on Facebook at: www.facebook.com

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BT Skippers Safe and Sound – Boat Salvage Plan Underway

Friday, November 13th, 2009

First alert 1020 GMT
At approximately 1020 GMT today, BT crew Sébastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon have activated their EPIRB distress beacon after having suffered major damage following a night battling it out in fierce seas and winds reaching 60 knots at times. The skippers are in regular contact with Race Director Jean Maurel, and have reported significant damage to the coachroof, and water entering the boat. The MRCC are coordinating operations with the Transat Jacques Vabre Race Direction and the BT shore team, to ensure the safe recovery of the skippers. MRCC Falmouth confirmed that the RCC Azores was had sent a helicopter and a Navy vessel over to BT, whilst carrying out a satellite broadcast alert to shipping in the area.

This morning’s message sent by Jean-François Cuzon said it all, and takes its full measure in the light of this morning’s events. Having battled it out in waves reaching more than 8 metres of height, the BT boys were still ver confident this morning, so one can only imagine the shock it must have been for them to discover the damage. Here is what Jeff wrote, a few hours before all hell broke loose: “Impressive, the conditions are really hard on the water, 35 to 60 knots with a big swell (thankfully we are not upwind). Onboard BT, we just put our heads down and wait for better times, we just had a couple of gusts at 55 knots. Jojo has done a great job at the helm and we are now with only the main sail. We hope to get out of that terrible weather in the middle of the day.” With Veolia heading towards the Azores due to a torn mainsail track and Artemis also reporting a string of gear failures, last night’s storm took its toll on the fleet and BT certainly endured the nastiest blow, after having led for most of the race.

1400 GMT – Rescue boat 30 miles away
Jeff Cuzon spoke to Race Director Jean Maurel at 1325 GMT approximately, the situation is stable on board and both men are secure, calmly waiting for the rescue operation to unfold. A helicopter is currently refuelling and will depart to locate BT as soon as possible. Due to the conditions it might not be possible to recover the skippers by air. However, a rescue boat is 30 miles away from BT and making best speed towards BT. The crew still have their handheld Iridium satellite phone, and the EPIRB beacon is functioning properly, reporting BT’s position.

1705 GMT – Visual contact
The Ocean Explorer vessel, taking part in the rescue operation, made visual and VHF contact with the crew aboard the BT yacht…

1800 GMT – They’re safe!
After having considered all the options, decision was taken to use the helicopter aboard the Ocean Explorer and Seb and Jeff were lifted to safety and taken straight back to Terceira, in the Azores. A tugboat is now on standby, and all efforts will now be made to salvage the BT yacht. The technical team left the UK at midday and will arrive in the Azores this evening, with a planned departure Saturday morning to attempt to salvage the BT yacht. Currently the BT shore team have 15 minute position data from the yacht thanks to its tracker.

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BT Activates Distress Beacon – Rescue Underway

Friday, November 13th, 2009

At approximately 11:00 GMT today, BT crew Sébastien Josse and Jean-François Cuzon have activated their EPIRB distress beacon after having suffered major damage following a night battling it out in fierce seas and winds reaching 60 knots at times. The skippers are in regular contact with Race Director Jean Maurel, and have reported significant damage to the coachroof, and water entering the boat. The MRCC are coordinating operations with the Transat Jacques Vabre Race Direction and the BT shore team, to ensure the safe recovery of the skippers. MRCC Falmouth confirmed that the RCC Azores was had sent a helicopter and a Navy vessel over to BT, whilst carrying out a satellite broadcast alert to shipping in the area.

BT is currently 210 miles North of the Azores, 42 10º N – 27 50º W.

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Registration Opens for US SAILING’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Online registration opens Friday, November 13 for US SAILING’s 2010 Rolex Miami OCR at the event web site, RMOCR.ussailing.org. All competitors and coaches must register and submit entry fees online before January 8, 2010, as there will be no on-site registration. Scheduled for Sunday, January 24 through Saturday, January 30, 2010, this prestigious event is the second stop on the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Sailing World Cup 2009-2010 circuit.

For any event in which the number of applications exceeds the event quota by December 1, 2009, event organizers will prioritize based on the Member National Authority’s (MNA) highest appearance on the 2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup final series standings. For more details on the quotas for each event, please read the Notice of Race, which is posted on the event web site, RMOCR.ussailing.org.

Rolex Miami OCR is open to boats competing in events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. The 10 Olympic classes are: Laser Radial (women), Laser (men), Finn (men), Men’s RS:X, Women’s RS:X, 49er (men), Men’s 470, Women’s 470, Star (men) and Elliott 6m (women). The three Paralympic classes are: 2.4mR (open, able and disabled), SKUD18 (mixed, disabled) and Sonar (open, disabled).

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Bus Trip to Strictly Sail this Winter? Give Us Your Feedback

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Torresen Marine, Muskegon, Michigan’s Hunter Dealer would like to invite all Hunter Owners in Western Michigan and Indiana to travel with us by charter bus to the Strictly Sail Chicago boat show.

We a currently in the planning phase and would like your feedback.

We plan to depart on Saturday, January 30, 2010. The trip will originate somewhere near Traverse City, MI and travel south making pick ups in places such as Ludington, Pentwater, Whitehall, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, Saugatuck, South Haven, Benton Harbor, Michigan City Indiana, then on to Chicago. Refreshments and show tickets would also be included in this package.

Please take the time to ponder the following questions and email me with your thoughts or suggestions. brock@torresen.com If you cannot attend, your posted ideas would also be of great help. And, it would be a great chance to meet other Hunter Owners in Western Michigan And Indiana!

QUESTION #1: Should this be a day visit or an overnight event? Many people have expressed interest in staying over and enjoying a little more time than a day trip would allow.

QUESTION #2: Are there any interested Hunter owners that would help coordinate this event? We would love to hear from you.

TIME IS GETTING SHORT. PLEASE CONTACT ME DIRECTLY:
brock@torresen.com If you can not attend, your posted ideas would also be of great help. And, it would be a great chance to meet other Hunter Owners in Western Michigan and Indiana!

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